Training and Fitness

ImagePart of what carries one to the top of Kilimanjaro is fitness. 8 days of climbing a mountain requires strong core, leg muscles, and stamina. I feel I have the cardio down. Running half marathons (and hopefully a marathon this spring) has trained my lungs and heart to be strong and efficient; however, my IT band injury has demonstrated that my leg muscles aren’t as strong as they need to be. I also know that I have a very weak core. I also know I need to lose approximately 5-10 pounds. Ok, ok…I don’t NEED to but I want to. Part of that is easily solved in a week by diet. But more on that in a moment….

My plan is this: Until the New Year I plan to hit the gym 3-4 times a week and focus on strength training (weights and core). Once I feel my IT band is sufficiently healed and recovered, I will start integrating running into my training again. I plan to start with 2-3 miles and then work my way up to 6-7 miles. Also, I am buying new hiking boots for Kilimanjaro on Monday and plan to start hiking at least once a week in them. At first I will just hike in the boots but eventually I plan to load my pack, equivalent to what I will carry on the mountain, and start hiking with the pack on. During the Winter months I will probably just stick to hiking  more local mountains like Mill Mountain or Read Mountain, especially during the week. On the weekend I might hike Tinker, Sharp Top, or even McAfee’s. 

Diet: I really have to reign this in. My diet is horrible: lots of sugar, soda, and just carb loaded crap. I have to start eating better. For a year I did so well but stress has crept in and I am a stress eater. My first goal is to eliminate sugar and soda. Soda is a tough one because I have such emotional attachments to it. It makes me feel comforted,despite the fact it’s essentially poison. Crazy, huh?

Anyway, I plan to eat more fruits, veg, and lean proteins. Also, cutting out snacking too (Sadness! I heart snacks!). 

Okay…well it begins today. Starting weight is 120.2. My goal before I reach Kilimanjaro is to be between 110-115 lbs and a much stronger core and leg muscles (ripped arms would be okay too…haha). 




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